Eroding Ecosystem Services And Functions And Proposed Business Strategies: Problems And Prospects In And Around Village Devbag, Southern Coastal Maharashtra, India

IJEP 41(10): 1133-1140 : Vol. 41 Issue. 10 (October 2021)

Yogesh Pisolkar1, Navendu Chaudhary2* and Apoorva M.1

1. Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU), Symbiosis Centre for Management Studies(SCMS), Pune – 411 014, Maharashtra, India
2. Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU), Symbiosis Institute of Geoinformatics (SIG), Pune – 411 016, Maharashtra, India


Growing coastal tourism and undesired developmental planning along the Maharashtra coastline has been a serious concern lately. Coastal tourism along the Malvan coast, especially to the south of Malvan in Tarkarli and Devbag villages has picked up in the 21st century. Tarkarli and Devbag villages are the two different administrative units in the region which are originally the part of Tarkali-Devbag spit, a homogeneous geomorphic feature. However, with burgeoning tourism and an unsustainable vision, ecosystem services and their functions are being undesirably exploited on the spit. Karli creek, which forms the eastern boundary of this spit is being used for tourism for more than two decades and is in a dire need of a creek management strategy. To counter these issues, local panchayats need to have policies and action plans for sustainable beach tourism, groundwater management and coastal protection. Therefore, the authors, through their recent fieldwork in the study area which includes interviewing locals and authorities and taking field measurements, would like to share their knowledge and bring forward the serious points of concern; especially regarding the policy frameworks and action plans. They would also like to express their stand on how the corporate sector through public-private partnerships (PPP) can help in the sustainable development (SD) of the region.


Coastal tourism, Developmental planning, Ecosystem services and functions, Corporate sector, Public-private partnerships, Sustainable development


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